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REBELLION TO COLLECT 1970S COMIC MISTY IN SEPTEMBER
Here's the thing about comics: There are so many of them. Hundreds are published every single week, so it's very difficult to keep up with them all. Plus, they've been published for decades, making it virtually impossible to have read everything. As such, every so often, I'm informed of a title that I had no idea existed, serving as an influence or noted as a must-read by a noted author. Misty was just added to that bunch as Rebellion has announced it will be reprinting this forgotten horror gem from the 1970s.
Granted, I'm not the original target audience for Misty, which was, and presumably still is, young girls. That's a pretty neglected audience in the comic book industry, especially when it comes to horror titles. The original run of Misty lasted only two years, beginning in February 1978 as a weekly anthology horror comic. Rebellion's first volume of Misty will feature stories such as “Moonchild” by Pat Mills and John Armstrong and “The Four Faces of Eve” by Malcolm Shaw and Brian Delaney. It will be published in September 2016.
Misty ran for over 101 issues so there's definitely a wealth of material to pull from for future releases. Rebellion is working with the rights-holders Egmont for the re-release.
Pat Mills said: “I designed Misty to be a female 2000 AD with the emphasis on magic and horror, rather than science fiction; it was very successful and is fondly remembered today. The stories chosen for the graphic novel are regarded by Misty readers as the very best with stunning, powerful and scary art. It's great to see them back in print and I hope they will form the vanguard of a girls’ comic revival that is long, long overdue.”
Ben Smith, head of books and comic books, said: “When Pat Mills tells you there are great comics hidden in an archive and someone should really publish them, a sensible publisher sits up and takes notice. Pat was talking about Misty and girls comics in general to graphic novels editor Keith Richardson and myself on a plane to San Diego Comic Con and was so enthusiastic about the material we had to go looking for it. Heralding from an era when comics for girls outsold comics for boys, Misty was shortly-lived but burned terribly bright. It remains unlike anything else with its collection of shocking and varied subject matter. It’s a great pleasure to be able to bring this spell-binding work back into the public eye and we look forward to surprising people all over again.”
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